Apprenticeships: your go-to guide

With the UCAS deadline looming, we know there’s a lot to think about right now. If you’re still weighing up your options, why not consider an apprenticeship? We’ve put together a go-to guide to answer those all-important questions and help make your decision that bit easier…

What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a debt-free alternative to university. You have a real job and earn while you learn, achieving an industry-recognised qualification at the end of it.

The national minimum wage for apprentices is currently £3.40 an hour, but lots of employers pay more, and you get paid holiday as well as your bank holidays.

How long does an apprenticeship take?
Depending on the level you choose, an apprenticeship can take between 1 and 4 years to complete.

What can I do an apprenticeship in?
Nowadays, you can do an apprenticeship in virtually anything – even areas like law, which have traditionally involved study at university.

At Skills Group, we offer training in business, care and early years, construction, engineering and automotive, hairdressing and barbering, sport and leisure, and teaching and education. Take a look at our prospectus and search our vacancies.

Which level is right for me?
An Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) is equivalent to 5 GCSEs at A*-C, while an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) can be compared to 2 A Levels. But apprenticeships don’t stop there; you can work towards a Higher Apprenticeship, which is like a foundation degree or above, and Degree Apprenticeships are now being introduced, which take you up to bachelor’s or master’s level.

We also offer a full-time programme for those who aren’t ready for an apprenticeship but want to prepare for employment in their dream sector.

Can I still go to university if I do an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship won’t stop you from being able to go to university. In fact, it can be a great way of finding out if the sector you think you want to work in is right for you. Plus, it will equip you with hands-on skills and industry experience that will set you apart from other applicants – check out Jessica York’s apprenticeship story here.

Want to know more? Check out these 5 apprenticeship facts.

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Skills Group has over 20 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, working with top local employers to offer sustainable employment opportunities. We are one of the country's largest independent training providers, one of very few to be recognised as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and in the top 5% nationally for our apprentice success rates.


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